Greeting’s fellow jazz aficionados, we’re back with another lists of what’s hot this week in jazz featuring Brad Mehldau, Ralph Towner, Kirk Whalum, Ken Navarro, Anthony Jackson and featured album of the week by saxophonist Tia Fuller.
Tia Fuller | Decisive Steps – [Mack Avenue, 2010]
The astonishingly gifted, Colorado-born, alto / soprano saxophonist / flautist Tia Fuller is at home at all points of the musicverse – from her show-stopping solos as a member of superstar Beyoncé’s all-female band, to her scintillatingly swinging jazz dates and recordings. Her newest Mack Avenue release Decisive Steps, is the long-awaited follow-up to her 2007 label debut Healing Space. It features her Beyoncé bandmate, drummer Kim Thompson; bassist Miriam Sullivan; Fuller’s sister, Shamie Royston on piano and Fender Rhodes; with special guests, trumpeter Sean Jones and bassist Christian McBride (both Mack Avenue label mates); vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut.